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Baby Maker - Jack's Abby Brewing

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330 Ratings
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Ratings: 330
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 64
Gots: 78 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Resuin on 10-17-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This "Lager Wine" aged for nine months in bourbon barrels previously used for Framinghammer.
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Ratings: 330 | Reviews: 39
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4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint .9 fl. oz./.5 liters bottle purchased at Gordons Fine Wines & Liquors, Waltham, MA
Served in a snifter

The beer poured a brilliant, nearly crystal clear, glowing orangey-amber color. A frothy, one-finger tall, off white crown topped the liquid. The head quickly fell to a lasting bubbly mass.

The nose was really rich and robust. Very malt forward. Sweet and slightly boozy. Quite rummy. Fruity. Caramel and toffee notes came through strong. Good amount of vanilla and honey. Brown sugar was noticeable as well.

The flavor profile was also very malt-centric. Quite sweet on the front end. Almost a bit cloying. Caramel and toffee notes were apparent. Indications of maple and golden raisins came through as well. Touch of honey. Quite boozy on the finish. Given the exceedingly high ABV, however, the alcohol was actually quite restrained. While the beer was aged in bourbon barrels, the booziness seemed more sweet and rummy than bourbony. The barrels also contributed some light tannic notes. Subtle, dry and bitter, piney hop notes lingered.

The mouthfeel was surprisingly lighter bodied. A crisp, fine effervescence gave the beer a creamy smoothness.

The guys at Jack's Abby consistently put out new and exciting beers and Baby Maker is no exception. This "lager wine" is a perfect sipper for a cold winter's night. I really look forward to trying Bride Maker, the supposedly re-tooled and improved version of this beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into KBS goblet. Date of review is 8/13/14.

Appearance- Gives me a first impression of a peach mead. Honey is the color that pops in my mind. A beautiful white head was present for a few seconds, but it's gone now.

Smell- Smells an awful lot like a barleywine. I get strong flavors of fig, apricot and white cherries. Maybe just a hint of bourbon and vanilla, but the fruit steal the show.

Taste- WOW! It takes a lot to take my breath away from beer, but this is outstanding. Bourbon is the most forward ingredient and it's so super smooth. After the initial bourbon rush, I get tropical fruits. Pineapple, banana and mango. A hint of prunes and figs in the back.

Mouthfeel- This beer wants to be hot, but it's just too smooth. 14% ABV is not present and that's an amazing accomplishment. Hops are present, but not in the way of the other flavors at all.

Overall- I wanted to try this beer, but was not super pumped about it...man was I wrong. Fantastic in every way. I will be trading for this again.

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Baby Maker from Jack's Abby Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.